(L to R) Alan Fitzpatrick

College plan moves forward

The District of Vanderhoof acting on behalf of the Nechako Valley Post Secondary Working Group, has secured funds

  • Feb. 22, 2012 2:00 p.m.

The District of Vanderhoof acting on behalf of the Nechako Valley Post Secondary Working Group, has secured funds to develop an education plan. It will focus  on the Nechako Valley as a priority for increased investment in post secondary education and infrastructure. The ad-hoc committee is led by Gary Blattner, Alan Fitzpatrick and Lori Borth, and made up of several other representatives from community, industry, education and First Nations.

Early on in this process, we had commitments of $5,000 from the College of New Caledonia, $1,000 from L&M Lumber, $1,000 from Canfor, $1,000 from New Gold, $1,000 from the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako and another $1,000 anticipated from Thompson Creek Metals – Mt. Milligan. The recent approval of up to $43,000 from the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition completes the funding necessary to get this project underway.

A request for proposals posted in BC Bid, closed on February 17.  A committee has been struck to review the proposals with a goal to having a contract in place by March 1, and a completed plan by June 30.

The plan will include engaging stakeholders to identify fresh strategies for addressing chronic  barriers to accessing and providing post secondary education for the region. It will seek and adopt innovative training  models,  facility needs and will provide early budget projections.

The end result will be a  three-year plan that will show a cost-benefit analysis including potential returns on investment in the way of job creation, revenue generation and tax implications.

We all believe that those that train in the North, stay in the North! For info call Kathie LaForge at Vanderhoof district 250-567-4711 or edo@district.vanderhoof.ca

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

“We have to make a call out to address this now so our people don’t have to feel fearful,” said Tribal Chief Mina Holmes. (Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Facebook photo)
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council seeks Indigenous-led task force in northern B.C. hospitals

Request made in an open letter to federal minister Carolyn Bennett

NDP headquarters on election night, Oct. 24, 2020. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
ELECTION 2020: Live blog from B.C. party headquarters

BC NDP projected to win majority government – but celebrations will look different this election

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

Submitted
BC VOTES 2020: John Rustad re-elected in Nechako Lakes riding

The result is based on preliminary vote count and the final results will be available after Nov.6

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
VIDEO: Boaters encounter pod of humpbacks in Georgia Strait

Pod spotted between Comox and Texada Island

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID pandemic during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau says pandemic ‘really sucks,’ and that Christmas gatherings are up in the air

The prime minister encouraged residents to continue to follow the advice of local health authorities

The Williams Lake Indian Band is stipulating no-go zones for mushroom picking in areas burned by last summer’s wildfires. 100 Mile Free Press photo
Who controls mushroom harvesting on Indigenous lands?

‘We don’t necessarily know where the mushrooms grow, how old the stands need to be, those types of things.’

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
U.S. election results one factor that could impact immigration to Canada next year

The survey polled 1,523 Canadians between Oct. 23 and Oct. 25

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The voting station mimicked a real voting station in Nicole Choi’s classroom at Chilliwack middle school on Oct. 22, 2020, where students had to show their ID (student cards), be checked off a list, and mark a secret ballot behind a screen. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. students choose NDP majority in mock election

More than 90,000 youth took part in school-based election process

Crew transport bus at the Trans Mountain pipeline project work site in Burnaby, March 2020. (Trans Mountain)
Check your workplace COVID-19 safety plans, Dr. Henry urges

Masks in public spaces, distance in lunchrooms for winter

B.C.’s Court of Appeal is in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Judgment reserved in Surrey Six slayings appeals

Six men were killed in suite 1505 of the Balmoral Tower in Whalley on Oct. 19, 2007

Most Read